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Kellie Lunney

Senior Correspondent Kellie Lunney covers federal pay and benefits issues, the budget process and financial management. After starting her career in journalism at Government Executive in 2000, she returned in 2008 after four years at sister publication National Journal writing profiles of influential Washingtonians. In 2006, she received a fellowship at the Ohio State University through the Kiplinger Public Affairs in Journalism program, where she worked on a project that looked at rebuilding affordable housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR and Feature Story News, where she participated in a weekly radio roundtable on the 2008 presidential campaign. In the late 1990s, she worked at the Housing and Urban Development Department as a career employee. She is a graduate of Colgate University.
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Sixty-six senior executives win Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards

April 28, 2011 Top civil servants being honored at a banquet on Thursday have saved the government more than $36 billion, according to the Senior Executives Association, which sponsors the annual Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards. The black-tie event at the State Department was put on to celebrate the 66 winners of the 2010 ...

Losing Pay-tience

April 28, 2011 This column has been updated. There's been a lot of debate during the past year over whether federal employees' compensation is too generous compared to the pay and benefits their private sector colleagues receive. Depending on one's perspective and the data used, federal workers are paid either too much or ...

DEA Wants Your Surplus Meds

April 27, 2011 By Charles S. Clark With abuse of prescription medicines a growing problem, several agencies plan to participate in the second annual nationwide National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. local time. More than 5,100 sites have joined the effort, says the Drug Enforcement ...

Deadline nears for agencies’ review of regulations

April 26, 2011 Agencies should make available to the public by June 1 their initial plans for streamlining and possibly repealing federal regulations, says a memo from the Office of Management and Budget. The April 25 memo from Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Cass Sunstein reminds agencies that the preliminary reviews ...

For feds, shutdown carries more risk than debt-ceiling woes

April 25, 2011 Federal workers likely would feel the effects of a government shutdown more acutely than they would the repercussions of exceeding the debt limit. "Failing to raise the debt ceiling would not bring the government to a screeching halt the way that not passing appropriations bills would," stated a February report ...

Bill would forgive debt for some disaster assistance recipients

April 22, 2011 A Senate lawmaker has introduced a bill that would waive certain debts for those who received disaster assistance erroneously from the government since 2005. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., would allow the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to forgive debts resulting from FEMA's errors, though ...

Air Force to survey some civilian employees on buyouts

April 22, 2011 Air Force Materiel Command will survey its civilian workforce starting next month to gauge interest in potential buyouts. Beginning May 1, the command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, will ask employees at its 10 bases across the country if they want to apply for a fiscal 2011-2012 ...

Grow Your Savings

April 22, 2011 Some recent news and information about retirement savings, in case you missed it: Because April is Financial Literacy Month, the Thrift Savings Plan is pressing ahead to encourage workers at all levels of government to focus on preparing their finances for retirement. Employees who already are facing a two-year pay ...

BRAC and NOVA traffic revisited

April 21, 2011 By Charles S. Clark Just five months before 6,400 Defense Department workers are scheduled to move to a new building in Alexandria, Va., a report by the Pentagon's inspector general's office has handed new ammunition to critics of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. In an April 20 report ...

Waitin’ on a Claim

April 21, 2011 No one likes to wait around for a paycheck, or find discrepancies in the amount of compensation they are owed. The same goes for retirement payments. The Office of Personnel Management has been roundly criticized for delays and errors in its retirement claims processing system, which is still largely manual ...